I've personally have never reused a transmission pan gasket, and don't
recommend it. Where did you get that price of $65.00? I usually don't pay
more than $28.00 for any GM transmission filter and pan gasket.
Brian, many of the late model transmissions come with a steel gasket
that is covered with rubber. We re-use these all the time as it would
be unethical to charge the customers for a new one everytime we
pull the trans pan down. They seem to be quite durable and rarely
exhibit any type of leak. Even the factory "trans service" kits don't
come with the gasket anymore if it's a "reusable" gasket.
Most probably something newer than I've owned, sounds good that it can be
reused though. Was the design change for the purpose of instilling more
frequent servicing? Not by the dealer but by the owners?
I don't think so. I think that materials and sealing techniques have
dramatically improved in the last 10 years when it comes to gaskets
like oil pan style gaskets. There are still some transmissions that
do use throwaway gaskets, truck transmissions in particular.
It is a hard plastic gasket that can be reused with no problems as long as
you don't use a breaker bar to torque it down and crush it.. I have done
several fluid and filter changes with the reusable gasket and have had no
returns for leaks.
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